PATANG (THE KITE)
Prashant Bhargava / USA, India / 2011 / 93 min / Hindi with English subtitles / DigitalTweet
This screening is free for SDAFF members. Pick up your free tickets at the UltraStar Mission Valley box office.
Official Selection, Forum, Berlin Film Festival
Official Selection, Tribeca Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature, Hawaii International Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature, DC APA Film Festival
For city-dweller Jayesh, a family reunion in the town of Ahmedabad is a return to a past life, an upbringing with its buried secrets and half-forgotten conflicts. For his daughter Priya, it is a simple world of possibility and casual love. For director Prashant Bhargava, it is a kaleidoscopic array of color and textures set off by the annual kite festival, which provides the backdrop for his tale of family histories and personal desires. PATANG has a wondrous way of observing its characters and their situations, never dwelling on exposition, and just letting the intimacy and sensuality of everyday life reveal pages of drama about relationships and class in contemporary India. As Roger Ebert writes, “This film is joyous, but more than that: it is lovely in its construction….And it flies as free and colorfully as a kite."
- Director: Prashant Bhargava
- Producer: Jaideep Punjabi
- Cinematographer: Shanker Raman
- Writer: Prashant Bhargava
- Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mukkund Shukla, Seema Biswas, Sugandha Garg
April 24, 2012 6:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas